Alter, Contreras, Gwon et al. Lead 'Composers Sing Composers' at Le Poisson Rouge, 4/6
Alina Gutiérrez and Ashley Mas are pleased to announce Composers Sing Composers featuring Gaby Alter, Joey Contreras, Drew Gasparini, Jonathan Reid Gealt, Adam Gwon, Brian Lowdermilk, Ryan Scott Oliver and Zoe Sarnak, a one-night-only concert event taking place Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 7pm.
Many of today's up-and-coming composers/lyricists began their lives in the theater as performers but have since left the stage to focus on creating the music that is shaping the future of musical theater. At Composers Sing Composers, your favorite new musical theater writers will get back into the spotlight to perform their own songs! On April 6th, these eight composers will take the stage together for a night that will make musical theater history. Come out to support your favorite composers for this exciting event that will break all kinds of boundaries between writer, performer, and audience. The evening will also feature Sharon Kenny on piano and Emily Brausa on cello, and will be directed by Samantha Saltzman.
Le Poisson Rouge is located at 158 Bleecker Street. Tickets are on sale now and are $15 in advance, and $18 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling (212) 505-FISH (3474), visiting www.lepoissonrouge.com or in person at the Le Poisson Rouge box office. Table seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is a two-item food/drink minimum at tables.
Gaby Alter is a New York-based songwriter and composer. His music has been featured on MTV, PBS, National Public Radio, and the G4 Network and at the South by Southwest Film Festival. He is a Jonathan Larson grant recipient, and has won awards from the San Francisco Theater Critics' Circle and the New York Fringe Festival.
Gaby wrote music and lyrics for BAND GEEKS! (with Tommy Newman, Mark Allen and Gordon Greenberg), which was produced at Goodspeed Musicals in 2010. Other projects include NOBODY LOVES YOU with Itamar Moses; 29, a pop-rock song cycle with Tommy Newman; the cabaret NOT THAT WE'RE BITTER with Sophie Jaff; and YOUNG ZOMBIES IN LOVE with Damian Hess, aka MC Frontalot. His music has been featured at the National Alliance of Musical Theatre's Festival of New Works, Goodspeed's Festival of New Artists, The Summer Play Festival at The Public Theater, Barrington Stage Company, Joe's Pub, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), Lincoln Center Library, Merkin Hall and on Sirius Radio.
Gaby has written songs for PBS TV (Music Time With Mr. Steve), and the theme for the NPR show Backstory. He helped score (and starred in) the documentary Nerdcore Rising, which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival and is now on Netflix Instant Watch and Hulu.com. As Gminor7, he is rapper MC Frontalot's keyboardist and co-writer, with songs in video games and on cable television. He is an ASCAP member and alum of Tisch's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
Joey Contreras is a new musical theatre songwriter in the New York scene. He wrote the music and lyrics for the song cycle, This Thing Called Love, which was workshopped in Philadelphia and is currently in development, along with his other project, Wallflower. In addition to two concerts at The Duplex in New York City, Joey's music and arrangements have been featured at Joe's Pub, Le Poisson Rouge, the Laurie Beechman Theater and the 2010 Broadway in South Africa Gala.
His first album, Love Me, Love Me Not: The Music of Joey Contreras, features exciting guest performances by some of Broadway's newest talent and is available on iTunes and in physical format at CDbaby.com. For more information on Joey Contreras, visit www.joeycontreras.com
Drew Gasparini has certainly begun to make his mark as a composer in the theater community since making the move to NYC. His works include: Circles (book co-written by Louis Sacco), Above My Pay Grade a corporate musical commissioned by Holt Learning (book by Louis Sacco). He has contributed to many other projects such as MAC Award winning, Cait Doyle's Hot Mess In Manhattan for which he wrote "The Text Message Song". His musical, Crazy, Just Like Me went on to be featured in the San Francisco Theater Festival and is making it's regional theater debut with the UpTown Players in Dallas, Texas for their 2011 season. Drew has twice been the featured composer for the New York Theater Barn, Seattle's New Voices, and a featured writer for The National Alliance for Musical Theater's (NAMT) 2009 songwriter's showcase at New World Stages. His music has been performed all over the country at colleges including the Boston Conservatory, and in several NYC venues such as Joe's Pub, the Triad Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, and a sold out concert: Music & Lyrics of Drew Gasparini at the Laurie Beechman.
Most recently, Drew was commissioned by Broadway in South Africa to compose a song for their third annual benefit, and has been selected as a composer for NewMusicalTheatre.com.
Drew is a proud member of ASCAP, and is a part of the BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop for composers and lyricists. Currently Drew is working on getting Circles produced, writing Pearl (a children's show) and a one-act musical called Inappropriate Stories Told at a Bar.
Jonathan Reid Gealt attended the Boston Conservatory and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theater Performance, having a dual emphasis in both dance and composition. He moved to New York City the day after his last class, hit the ground running, and has found much success his first few years in New York. His music has been featured in venues and concerts all over New York City including the Broadway in South Africa Benefits, Symphony Space, The Canal Room, Joe's Pub, The Triad, The Laurie Beechman, The Lucille Lortel, Le Poisson Rouge, and Birdland. Outside New York City, his music has been sung around the world including: Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Manila, Japan, Australia, and Canada. Jonathan is currently working on three musicals and is in his first year with the BMI Theater Writing Workshop. The demo recording of Jonathan's first full length song cycle, Forward, has gained considerable buzz online and in New York City showcasing the incredible Kelli O'Hara, Liz Callaway, Lauren Kennedy, Shoshana Bean, Michael McElroy, Jonathan Groff, and Tituss Burgess. Collectively, his online videos (via YouTube) have passed more than 300,000 views.